In this beautifully illustrated book-within-a-book, Father Mouse tells little Mica Mouse the story of the Rhino who was once so overwhelmed that he tried to swallow an entire storm so that it couldn’t hurt him! Bottling up such big emotions might seem helpful at first, but Mica Mouse and the rhino learn that it’s better to express your feelings in a healthy way!
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Striving to be your best self is a wonderful goal, but we must remember that nobody can be perfect all the time! The Girl who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein highlights that exact lesson with the story of Beatrice Bottomwell, a little girl who – you guessed it – never makes mistakes! That is, until she does make a mistake, right in front of the entire town! We have the pleasure of joining Beatrice on her journey as she realizes that life is meant to be enjoyed—not perfected—and that being perfectly imperfect is the best thing to be after all!
When a child experiences something traumatic, they may start to build up defense mechanisms. Ali Redford’s The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself puts this metaphor right on the page as a boy builds a literal wall as protection from danger. When a new friend comes along and shows him ways to find joy, the wall starts to come down. . .
Whether you’re one year old or 100, nighttime is often when our worries come out—and having all those worries in our heads can really make it difficult to fall asleep! “Sea Otter Cove” by Lori Lite is a great bedtime book to help children understand their mind-body connection, and how quieting their bodies through deep breathing can help quiet their minds. If your child has a hard time calming their mind enough to fall asleep, “Sea Otter Cove” is an excellent resource to teach children to relax the brain by relaxing the body. We’re never too young to learn the power of deep breathing!
The staff of Olivia’s House discovered I’m Sad by Michael Ian Black in a small bookstore in Atlanta, and we couldn’t resist adding it to our library! “I’m Sad” is a story about a little girl, a silly potato, and a flamingo who just can’t get happy! The friends try everything to cheer up the flamingo (the potato even offers up his favorite item – dirt!), but nothing works. In the end, we learn that it’s helpful to be present with someone’s feelings. . .and that it’s okay to not be happy all the time!
Our minds and bodies are more connected than we know! Sometimes the best way to calm your mind is by stretching, moving, and relaxing your body. Good Night Yoga and Good Morning Yoga by Mariam Gates provide a poetic invitation for your family to cope by moving your bodies, morning and night!
Children are wonderful at expressing their emotions, but they aren’t always able to communicate to others how they are feeling. Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda is a fun and fantastical way to teach your children how to identify and share their emotions in a healthy way. Each page in this colorful, glittery, hardcover book includes a pop-up mask so that your child can have a hands-on approach to learning about feelings!
In this useful book from the First Experience series, the affable star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood helps children share feelings of the loss of a pet while offering reassurance that grieving is a natural, healing thing to do.
Boris von der Borch is a mean, greedy old pirate–tough as nails, through and through, like all pirates. Or is he? When a young boy sneaks onto Boris’s ship, he discovers that Boris and his mates aren’t quite what he expected. When Boris’ parrot dies, he mourns just like anyone else.
In Judith Viorsts’s The Tenth Good Thing about Barney, we meet the child narrator after his beloved cat, Barney, dies. In true Olivia’s House fashion, the boy’s mother suggests that they hold a funeral ritual for Barney, during which they can share their ten favorite things about their beloved cat. When the list only adds up to nine, the reader watches as Barney’s family finds that the lessons they’ve learned throughout the loss might just be the tenth good thing about Barney!